Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele tells the story behind the Bahamian folk song Sloop John B, published in 1916. American writer Carl Sandburg included the first three verses and chorus in his 1927 collection of folk songs, The American Songbag. His version is the one most often recorded. Many other artists recorded their versions in the 1950s and 60s.
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!